In collaboration with a number of partnering agencies in the Tallahassee community, The Kearney Center offers a myriad of services to support client goals of independence and well-being. The Kearney Center is an entry point for individuals experiencing homelessness or economic hardship in the Big Bend region. Primary services include temporary emergency shelter, meal services, daytime services, and medical assistance.
Call (850) 792-9000 or stop by The Kearney Center to get connected with our emergency services.
New clients are welcome every day except Wednesdays. Walk-ups are welcomed on Mondays and Fridays at 10 am.
Emergency Temporary Shelter
This service is provided daily and has an 8:00 p.m. check-in time.
Clients staying overnight must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be able to physically care for themselves
- Cannot have previously been registered as a sexual offender.
Overnight clients have access to laundry, showers, storage, and the on-site medical clinic that is open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Attention Care Facilities (Hospitals, ALFs, Psychiatric facilities, Behavioral Health institutions, etc.)
We consider every reasonable attempt to coordinate discharge of a patient or client from your facility to the Kearney Center. To facilitate this, we require that discharge planning and coordination begin by contacting The Kearney Center during normal business hours (8:00 am- 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday) at 850-792-9000. Please ask for Discharge Coordination at extension 115. Failure to properly coordinate with Center staff may result in the patient or client being denied access to our facility.
In order for clients to be accepted from a local care facility, an individual must be a current resident of the Big Bend (8-county) region, which consists of: Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties.
They must also meet minimum requirements in order to help them move to more stable housing. Clients must be able to perform the normal activities of daily living (ADLs) on their own. These include, but are not limited to: bathing, grooming, feeding, toilet use, mobility, bedding transfers. If clients cannot complete these or related tasks on their own without assistance from others, they will not be admitted to The Kearney Center.
Finally, any patient being discharged to our facility must have completed The Kearney Center Discharge Agreement & Release of Information document. This form can be found here and must be faxed or emailed to The Kearney Center representatives outlined above and on the form before acceptance can be determined.
Meals are offered seven days a week, upon registering as a client of The Kearney Center. Meal times are as follows:
Monday through Sunday
- Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
- Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Dinner: 7:00-8:00 p.m
Various support services are available Monday – Friday via partnering social service providers. These agencies are on-site from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
You must be receiving emergency temporary sheter from the Kearney Center to receive these services.
Daytime services include laundry, showers, access to telephones and computers, access to case management, and counseling from partnering agency representatives on-site.
Medical services are provided nightly from 5:15 pm-7:45 pm by The Kearney Center’s nursing staff for clients to receive medical and medication assistance.